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Defense Counsel Gerard Donley Sentenced to 11 Years; Six to Serve

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause sentenced Gerard Donley (DOB: 10/15/58), with a last known address of 50 Betsey Williams Drive, Cranston, to a total of 11 years, with six years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation.

In June, a jury found Donley guilty of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice, bribery and conspiracy to bribe a witness.

During the trial, the State proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Donley conspired with two indicted co-conspirators to bribe a witness to prevent him from testifying against this client in a criminal matter. The State also proved that Donley obstructed the judicial system by influencing a witness' testimony which resulted in him providing false testimony before the Grand Jury.

Commenting on the sentence, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin said, "Our system of law, the very best in the world, is built upon the simple principles of trust and faith. If we do not have trust and faith in our legal system, it will fail. When those who are entrusted to uphold the law violate that trust, obstruct justice and bribe witnesses to not testify, it erodes the foundation of our justice system; putting it at risk for all.

Laws are not made for the benefit of the few, and nor should laws be broken to benefit the few. The defendant chose to knowingly and brazenly break the law, thumbing his nose at the system of law he took an oath to uphold. He chose to make a mockery of law enforcement, the prosecution and the Court, and today was held accountable."

Providence Police Detective Sergeant William Dwyer, Detective Kenneth Court, and Captains Robert Lepre and Michael Correira led the investigation, with the assistance of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant Attorneys and Deputies of the Criminal Division Patrick Youngs and Scott Erickson prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.

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